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Google’s PIN-encrypted Android ‘Safe Folder’ protects crucial documents

Google Google has introduced a new way for Android users to protect crucial files like ID documents, particularly in developing countries where devices are often shared. Called “Safe Folder” and located in the Files by Google app, it lets you protect documents, images, videos and audio files with a 4-digit PIN code, on top of …

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Dark-Web Vendor and Pharmacist Charged With Trafficking Drugs Worth $270M in Bitcoin

A dark-web vendor and his supplier, who allegedly used the murky recesses of the internet to sell drugs and launder money, have been formally charged in the U.S. Disclosure The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. …

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Ex-Waymo engineer Levandowski sentenced to 18 months in prison

Justin Sullivan via Getty Images US District Judge William Alsup has sentenced Anthony Levandowski, the former lead Waymo engineer at the heart of a trade secret legal battle between the Alphabet subsidiary and Uber, to 18 months in prison. Prosecutors sought a 27-month sentence, while Levandowski requested a one-year home confinement, telling the court that …

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Crypto Derivatives Set New Records, ETH Futures Set All-Time Highs, CME Open Interest Spikes

Digital currency derivatives have been on fire during the last two weeks as ethereum futures volumes touched an all-time high on Sunday. The popular derivatives trading platform Deribit saw 1.9 million ETH contracts traded and CME Group is now the third-largest exchange in terms of bitcoin futures open interest. Data shows that cryptocurrency futures and …

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Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Trying to Buy Chemical Weapons With Bitcoin

A 45-year-old Missouri man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges related to his trying to buy chemical weapons on the dark web using $150 in bitcoin. Read the plea deal below: Disclosure The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set …

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Apple sponsors a three-year UCLA study on depression and anxiety

Chris Velazco / Engadget With help from Apple, UCLA is launching a new three-year study to understand how factors like sleep and physical activity can impact depression and anxiety symptoms. The study will start this week with a pilot that will involve 150 participants drawn from the UCLA Health medical center. In 2021, the school …

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‘Mulan’ will premiere on Disney+ September 4th for $30

Mario Anzuoni / reuters With theaters closed, Disney has decided to try a “premiere access” release strategy for its live-action Mulan movie. While it still plans to attempt a theatrical release in some parts of the world, on September 4th viewers will be able to buy it at home for $30 via Disney+. Disney CEO …

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US Lawmakers Don’t Want Proof-of-Stake Networks to Get Overtaxed

Crypto holders earning new tokens by staking their coins might be at risk of being overtaxed, believe several members of Congress. Four lawmakers wrote a letter to the Internal Revenue Service Wednesday, asking the U.S. tax agency to ensure stakers don’t face tax liabilities for receiving block rewards before they sell their new tokens. The …

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An OnlyFans creator is suing a site that hosts paywalled images for free

DragonImages via Getty Images YouTube creators aren’t the only ones battling copyright infringement. OnlyFans creators Deniece “Niece” Waidhofer is suing Thothub — a site that reposts paywalled adult content for free — for spreading her images without consent, Motherboard reports. Waidhofer isn’t just going after Thothub, though. She’s suing Cloudflare for providing services to Thothub …

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Bitcoin ATM Locations Reaching 9,000 Worldwide

The number of bitcoin ATM locations has been rising steadily. Almost 9,000 bitcoin ATMs have been installed worldwide. The U.S. leads as the country with the largest number of bitcoin ATMs, followed by Canada and the United Kingdom. Nearly 9,000 Bitcoin ATMs There are currently 8,947 cryptocurrency ATMs and 211,239 non-ATM locations you can buy …

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